Wolf, © Michael S. Quinton, National Geographic Stock

Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up

Endangered Mexican Gray Wolf Population Surpasses 100 Animals: Last week, the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service released the annual count of endangered Mexican gray wolves living in the U.S. For the first time since recovery efforts began in Arizona and New Mexico in 1998, the population has surpassed 100 individuals. But, while an increase from 83 wolves at the end of 2013 to this year’s 109 wolves is good news, numbers alone won’t save this imperiled wolf, especially with the serious limitations and flaws in the Service’s newly released Mexican gray wolf management rule. Eva Sargent, Director of Southwest Programs, said in response: “While lobos definitely need to increase their numbers, what they need even more is greater genetic diversity. This can only happen if more wolves are released, if they are allowed to access suitable habitat and if additional core populations are established.”

It’s Official: Oregon’s Wolf Population Improving: A few weeks ago we shared with you that Oregon’s wolves are making a strong comeback, and would soon met several “benchmarks” in the state’s wolf management plan that requires a status review to determine whether or not wolves will remain listed as endangered by the state, and what level of protection they require. Population surveys by wildlife biologists this week confirmed that Oregon’s wolf population has at least seven different breeding pairs of wolves, a strong indicator of the population’s overall health. Oregon was required to maintain at least four breeding pairs for three consecutive years in each recovery zone before changing the status of wolves in that area. Now that this criterion has been met, the state is initiating the listing review process. Delisting wolves in Oregon is a public process and we’ll keep you informed about your opportunities to give feedback on this matter. Defenders will continue to encourage Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to conduct a neutral and unbiased status review to assess the wolves’ overall population health in Oregon.

Gray Wolf, © Joan Poor

Tell Fish and Wildlife Service Not to Abandon Red Wolf Recovery! Today only 100 red wolves remain in the wild – and almost all of them live in a small patch of eastern North Carolina scrub forest. These critically endangered cousins of the gray wolf were nearly exterminated until a reintroduction program was launched in 1987 to save them. Defenders continues to advocate for the expansion of the Red Wolf Recovery Program in North Carolina, but while Defenders and our conservation partners recently won a court victory halting coyote hunting at night in the designated Red Wolf Recovery Area, this is only one of the factors necessary to ensuring the recovery and survival of red wolves. To make matters worse, recently, NC officials asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to terminate the Red Wolf Recovery Program. At Defenders we believe that it is vital that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service continues to stand behind and fully fund the Red Wolf Recovery Program; we can’t allow these wolves to fade away once again from their native lands. You can help us by writing the Service and tell them not to abandon Red Wolf Recovery when the job isn’t done!

10 Responses to “Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up”

  1. Karen LaFountain

    You do fine reporting. But, I wonder can you count as fact, the numbers coming out of USF&G?

  2. wolf protector

    People if you’re in wisconsin and voted for scott walker then don’t read this. I’m a wolf lover like all of you and if we have scott walker for president we can kiss all the wolves goodbye cause here in wisconsin walker is doing strip mining up north and he is killing all of are wolves and the DNR is letting hunter go over the hunt kill so we need your help. And if anyone else won’t do anything then i will and if i go to jail for it at least i made a change for the wolves

  3. packprincess

    I hope Oregon will keep wolves protected, and set a good example for other states to follow. Wolves were once native to Oregon, and they are big apart of mother nature were they belong. Don’t mess with mother nature, or she may bite back.

  4. gena

    I have tried, to no avail, to report our sighting just a little over an hour a go. -to every possible wildlife or forestry commission-and since our sighting about an hour ago we have not been able to offer our report to any one who cared long enough to keep us on the phone for more than 10 seconds….

    we are traveling through mississippi to florida, and somewhere between Cato and Simpson County- a red wolf ran out of the Forrest, across the road in front of our car, and into the west forest across the road.
    There were many unique and identifying features -along with our research and identification -which proves to us that this indeed-was a red wolf.
    if anyone knows anyone in the Red Wolf research or government programs or otherwise, please let them know this was DEF a red wolf, and a very large very mature one at that.
    we hope someone cares enough to take the timeto share our info:
    Sighting:
    Between Cato, MS and Simpson County, MS
    on Feb. 25th at about 12 noon.
    Let’s work together here!
    Email me for Info at [email removed]

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